II Thessalonians 2:1-2 “Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”
Hebrews 5:14 “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
These two passages are of great importance as we come into the final moments of the age. The first is often overlooked as many, including myself, tend to jump down to the more prophetic verses in this chapter. Basically, the saints are admonished to remain calm. To not be rattled by anything that we see or hear concerning events taking place upon the earth. It suggests that prior to Christs return, there will be both events and words spoken that would seek to move the saints from their steadfastness; including a great falling away as mentioned in verse 3. The second passage is an admonishment to get in close to the Lord Jesus and have our spiritual senses sharpened by reason of use. To be watching always. A standing prayer of mine is a continual request for discernment as this is an age of unparalleled slumber.
There’s been this thing in my spirit and any input is desired. It’s almost a sense that “this is it.” That this summer, we need to do whatever it is that needs doing because this is the final installment of this present situation. We need to have our hearts right before the Lord and get rid of any deadweight such as bad habits, bad attitudes, carnal mindedness, strive, vainglory, slumberness, what have you. This is because it’s all about to fall apart in the physical realm to a degree that if we’re not abiding in Christ and trusting him “completely,” we’ll be caught off guard and unprepared. The time to prepare isa before the times of trying just as the time to fix the hole in the roof is before the rain comes.
I could be totally wrong on this and yet, in seeking on what to post today, this is front and center. I’m always hesitant to write such things as I know that I could well not be seeing things right. I have an imagination that leans toward the extraordinary and as such I have to be really careful concerning such postings as this. Therfore, the best thing to do is to offer it up and let the reader be of a discerning spirit. This is not a “Thus saith the Lord” post; it’s merely what’s in my heart as this sense of urgency seems to be ratcheting up.
In looking to the future, I again must give glory to God for the recent victory over runaway foolishness that manifested itself most dramatically while at work. The “fun” that it generated has been replaced by a level of joy that resides far beyond the “fun-o-meter.” It’s amazing how we’ll tend to hang onto things and even justify them to an extent. yet when we finally have victory over them, the victory and increased closeness to the Lord Jesus is so awesome that we wonder to ourselves “why did I wait so long?” I bring this up again for two reasons. One, by making mention of it, I’ll remind myself to not let the situation deteriorate back into foolishness. Two, it was very distracting and may well have led to a squandering away of a summer that’s already overloaded. Should this indeed be the final summer for status quo, this victory is all the more critical.
Luke 21:19 “In your patience, possess ye your souls.”
Romans 5:3-5 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
II Timothy 3:10-11 “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
Before continuing with a list of “patience” verses, this caught my attention as I was typing. Paul mentions in acts 20:22-24 that he goes bound in the spirit to Jerusalem and that while he knows of the afflictions that await him, he counts it a joy to finish his course. His heart is completely upon the lord Jesus Christ; so much so that no threat in the physical realm can move him. I pray that we all would have this resolve, should we be called to a like situation in the future. (Matthew 10:18-22 comes to mind)
Hebrews 6:12 “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
James 1:3-4 “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
James 5:10-11 Take my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have sen the end of the Lord; that the lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”
A future post that’s been on my heart for months is a review of all the places where affliction and joy are coupled together. Our joy is truly not linked to the events of this world but to our relationship with the Lord Jesus. Two more verses.
Revelation 13;10 “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth by the sword must be killed by the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
In conjunction with this, Philippians 1:28 is needful as well.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of jesus.”
A reading of Psalm 91 is also a good idea as it very much goes along with this theme. (It takes patience to just stand while a thousand fall at your right side,)
To stand when everything is being shaken. Even if my thinking is off concerning timelines, this present reality is soon to be dissolved. I was thinking earlier about all of the genetic modification going on along with the invasive electronic surveillance networks; all merging together into a demonic “borg-like” mega-structure. Last night, a friend at work was telling how his wife went into a tanning place and had to place her thumb print on a screen. Within seconds, all of her bank records, medical history, her whole life story almost, was dispalyed for all to see. The hour is late; far later than most seem to be able to grasp. I’m going to close for now. I have some links written down that I’ll close with as they point to the perilosity of the times. I wish all a great day in Christ.
Greetings again. I was just at scottis site and this is a most needful reminder. Here’s a link.